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Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.

Governor Simon Lalong, giving update on the fight against Coronavirus on Monday, 6th April 2020.

By M. Peter, Jos.

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has directed a total lockdown of the State from 12 midnight of Thursday, 9th April, 2020 to 11pm of Wednesday 15th April to enable the Government carry out a state – wide fumigation across the 17 local government areas of the State.

The Governor is the Chairman of COVID-19 Monitoring and Enforcement Task force, while giving progress report on the fight against the deadly disease, said there will be no movement during the period.

Lalong said his government is liaising with the National Center for Disease Control, NCDC to ensure that the State gets a testing center soon.”

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He commended corporate organisations and individuals that have so far contributed to the state’s COVID-19 endowment fund both in cash and kind and encouraged residents to continue to give their support in the fight against the disease.”

“Government has concluded plans to carry out a State-wide fumigation exercise which will cover Jos-Bukuru Metropolis and all the 17 Local Governments Areas of the State.”

“To this effect, I am directing a total lockdown, effective 12 midnight of Thursday 9th April 2020 to 11pm of Wednesday 15th April 2020.
During this period, there will be no movement of any kind except for staff on essential duty.”

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“These include: Security Agencies; Medical and Health workers; Power and Energy Staff; Fire Service; Media; Telecom Operators; Fuel Tankers.”

“Let me express our deep appreciation to Corporate organisations and individuals that have so far contributed to the Plateau Covid-19 Endowment Fund both in cash and in kind. In all the operations so far, a number of challenges have arisen which we are working hard to address in conjunction with key partners including the Federal Government.”

“Some of the challenges include lack of at least a Diagnostic Centre despite the State having Grade 3-4 Diagnostic Centres. We are liaising with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to ensure that Plateau State to get a centre soon.”

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“We need more Personal Protective Equipment, which we hope to also complement by producing locally. As I ask our citizens to continue cooperating with us in these difficult times, I wish to commend them for their patience and resilience. Working together, we can overcome this monster that is ravaging the world”, the governor said.